SMART Validation and Verification at Cummins

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Placement Year (10 Months+)
Daventry West Midlands
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£18,000 - £19,999
Automotive Energy Manufacturing Material and Mineral Engineering Mechanical Engineering

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The Role



The Role

Role Description

Apply Engineering Principle and Knowledge to help improve and optimize the methods in which we validate engine components.

1. To what extent did you enjoy your work placement or internship?

I truly have enjoyed my Placement and I absolutely realized how useful has it been for my personal development both as an Engineer and as an individual as well.
It is an entirely new experience for me and totally different to the every day life of a student.
I have had the chance to get a true taste of what the industry looks like.


2. To what extent did you feel valued by your colleagues?

I was undoubtedly valued from my colleagues and this is something that I was feeling on my every day interactions with the company stuff.
Even though I was not the most technically skilled or experienced individual in the room , my opinions and suggestions were always valued and considered in every meeting even if the finally decision was not based on them.


3. To what extent were you given support and guidance by management/your supervisor(s)?

I have had close supervision , guidance and feedback throughout my whole placement duration.
I was assigned a graduate engineer as my 'buddy' (company term) to assist me to questions that I had on a daily basis regarding my workload and everyday admin and procedures.
My supervisor was really helpful and was always making sure that every was fine and smooth throughout my days there.


4. How busy were you on a daily basis?

My workload was keeping me busy on a daily basis and apart from my actual individual work (that was taking about 4 hours a day) I had to call in for several meeting throughout the day , some of them being generic team updates meeting as well as some others being project work based meetings that I was either spectating or leading.
Based on these comment I would say that I was fairly busy.


5. How much responsibility were you given during your placement?

I was giving support on different projects while I had the chance to lead a couple of projects myself that were actually quite important and involved potentials for great contribution to several improvements or resolving of issues.
Based on that I would say that for a placement student I was given a moderate to probably slightly high responsibility to my work as other people were closely tied up and were relying to my work.


6. To what extent did/will the skills you developed, and training you received, assist you in your degree studies and beyond?

This year has truly helped me improve and develop myself through my every day interaction with senior engineers and directors .I have also had the opportunity to be given quality training from third party companies involving aspects from customer care, problem solving, communication and team work. I have truly developed my time management skills while working on different projects at the same time and problem solving skills while facing several procurement delays and design challenges.


The Organisation

7. What was the general atmosphere in your office?

Really friendly and warm. People were always friendly and caring while always putting efforts to make the Cummins values come true ( Inclusion , diversity , teamwork ).
People were always open to questions regardless of the hierarchy level and always trying to be truly helpful.
My colleagues and supervisor were really caring at all times regardless of their workload.


8. How well organised was the overall work placement or internship set up?

Really thought through placement scheme , with onboarding events , seminars and special training. Workload , desks , space , personal machine , Personal protective equipment and everything relevant were allocated to me and were available for every placement student according to each Student's role.
Placement students events and social event were organized as well.


9. In terms of personal training and development, to what extent did the company or firm invest in you?

The company really invests in developing students through training and work. The company is in collaboration to a third party training firm , providing high quality training to all the placement students in regards to team work , customer care , time management and presentation - communication skills. The company has really helped me develop both in technical and in soft skills perspective.


10. What were the perks on your work placement?

  • Flexi Time
  • Subsidised Canteen
  • Sports and Social Club
  • Financial Bonus
  • Company Parties/Events

11. How appealing are future employment prospects within the organisation?



12. Was there a good social scene amongst any fellow placement students/colleagues?


13. What was the cost of living and socialising in the area you worked in?

The cost of living was good and affordable in relationship to my salary.
The rent for my accommodation was really affordable and I have had several options to choose from even though the working location - city is not particularly big .The area is quite and tranquil while providing all the required luxuries and big grocery store franchise .


14. What was the Nightlife like in the area you worked?

The nightlife is not particularly exciting as the city of Daventry has limited places to choose for a night out and not that many people living around.
Additionally , there is not train or national express station in the city thus travels to nearby big cities (ie. Coventry- Birmingham - London) take more time and cost more as you have to use the local buses or taxi to commute to the nearby village-city train station (Long Buckby or Northampton).


15. Were there many opportunities to get involved in activities outside of work?

The company is hosting local activities in societies regarding sports such as Badminton , Cycling , Karting, Football , netball .The company has organized in many occasions, sport events and charity days involving sports (Running ,Cycling , triathlon ) .There is also a selection of local gyms and clubs where you can sign up for dancing , swimming , squash.